Garnish centers and fruit trays are a great way to be efficient and organized in your bar area. They're ideal for holding drink garnishes like lemons, limes, cherries, and olives. Most come with a lid to protect your garnishes from outside factors like bacteria, flies, and other unsanitary forces.

There are different types of garnishes available for cocktails. As a bartender, you need to have the knowledge of what kind of garnish you need to use for certain drinks. This will also help you organize your garnish centers for a smooth cocktail-making process.

Types of Edible Garnishes

  • Fruits

These are the most used garnishes when it comes to making cocktails. Their sweet flavors complement the bitterness of alcoholic beverages and add a refreshing taste to the overall drink. Popular fruit drinks are raspberry gin, pina colada, and watermelon sparklers.

  • Vegetables

Most drinks do not have vegetables in them, but they usually taste more savory and salty when they do. One of the most notable vegetable drinks is a bloody mary garnished with a celery stick.

  • Flowers

Edible flowers have graced cocktails for centuries. Their beautiful vibrant colors have led most cocktail drinkers to feel conflicted about drinking or preserving its beauty. Floral cocktails like aviation and hibiscus champagne cocktails are an example of beautiful floral cocktails.

  • Spices

Cinnamon and vanilla sticks are well-known spice garnishes. They add a strong scent and flavor to the drink that enhances the experience. You should try drinks like Apple Pie Moonshine and a Vanilla Old Fashioned.

  • Herbs

This is the second most used cocktail garnish. The mintiness gives excellent contrast to the intense flavors of alcohol; a perfect example of an herb cocktail is a mint julep served in a metal cup.

  • Salt and Sugar

Sweet and salty rocks can significantly enhance a drink. It provides additional flavor and offsets the alcohol's taste; Margaritas are known for their salt rims.